The celebration of the 70th anniversary of the modern state of Israel began last night at sundown.
Help appears finally to be on the way to thousands of desperate Christian, Yazidi and other minority refugees in northern Iraq, more than two months after Vice President Mike Pence promised to “stop funding ineffective relief efforts at the United Nations” and “provide support directly to persecuted communities through USAID.”
After complicated negotiation between the Trump Administration and the UN, USAID announced a revamp of its $150 million contribution to a projected $420 million to be disbursed through the United Nations Development Program, to specifically address the needs of “vulnerable religious and ethnic minorities communities” in Iraq’s northerly Ninevah province.
A $55 million payment is already on its way to be specifically aimed at “those who have been victims of atrocities by ISIS.”
That the funds being disbursed to aid Christians and other minorities in the Middle East will actually reach their intended purposes.
For Vice President Pence and others who negotiated the agreement with the United Nations to continue to watch over the distribution program.